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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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JOURNEY TO THE SON

By Carla A. Carlisle, Ashley Eiland
Rating:
3.0 / 5

JOURNEY TO THE SON follows the author’s personal journey to motherhood.

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SKIN IN THE GAME: The Stories My Tattoos Tell

By Kelly Mendenhall
Rating:
4.1 / 5

Kelly Mendenhall’s heavily tattooed body forms the foundation of her memoir, SKIN IN THE GAME: The Stories My Tattoos Tell, with each inked image acting...

DON’T MIND ME, I’M JUST HAVING A BAD LIFE

By Lewis Kempfer
Rating:
3.8 / 5

DON’T MIND ME, I’M JUST HAVING A BAD LIFE is the memoir of a recovered meth and sex addict that details just how squalid and...

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THREE YEARS IN ETHIOPIA: How a Civil War and Epidemics Led Me to my Daughter

By Cornelia E Davis
Rating:
4.7 / 5

THREE YEARS IN ETHIOPIA is a memoir that tells the story of an American doctor living and working in a war-torn country, and how the...

THE FOREST TABERNACLE

By Patrick D. Milroy
Rating:
3.9 / 5

A young man pedals thousands of miles through the Eastern American landscape and his spiritual doubts to find himself and his Lord in THE FOREST...

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CHASING A FLAWED SUN

By Daniel McGhee
Rating:
4.5 / 5

CHASING A FLAWED SUN is a look at the tragic and seedy life of a young heroin addict and dealer.

AMSTERDAM EXPOSED

By David Wienir
Rating:
5.0 / 5

An American law student abroad develops an unlikely friendship with a Red Light District worker in the heartfelt memoir AMSTERDAM EXPOSED.

BOWING TO ELEPHANTS

By Mag Dimond
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Part travel memoir, part coming-of-age story, BOWING TO ELEPHANTS is an echanting tale of faraway places and people.

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STEALING HOME: A Father, A Son, and the Road to the Perfect Game

By Ron Seybold
Rating:
4.7 / 5

STEALING HOME: A Father, A Son, and the Road to the Perfect Game explores family and baseball, where each new inning offers the chance to...

FRECKLED: A Memoir of Growing Up Wild in Hawaii

By T.W. Neal
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Navigating life and death choices were typical when author Toby Neal was a child in FRECKLED: A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP WILD IN HAWAII.

RESURRECTION LILY

By Amy Byer Shainman
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Through a blend of memoir and medical instruction RESURRECTION LILY tells of one woman’s struggle as a high-risk candidate for breast cancer and her triumph...

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A HERO’S HEART

By Tiffany Fenton
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A HERO’S HEART is the author's story of a life of abandonment, physical and sexual abuse, serious illness and loss.

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